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The mission of the organisation is to promote, encourage and foster the arts and cultural activities in Gibraltar and to export our culture abroad.

April 7 2021

We are delighted to announce an addition illustrated talk to be held on the 7th April at 7.30pm, English Towns in the 18th Century: Society, Art and Architecture.

This talk has very kindly been sponsored by Paul Church of Church & Co

Provincial towns developed substantially over the 18th century, with elegant new buildings providing spaces for social life: assembly rooms for dances and card playing, theatres for plays and concerts, grandstands to watch races. In county towns especially, the gentry had houses for use over the winter and for special occasions, so families could socialise, shop and avoid the isolation of country life. The increasingly prosperous middle classes who lived in the towns could commission portraits, buy the latest books, go to plays and promenade along socially exclusive walks in their elegant dress. The lecture will look at various towns, such as York, Norwich and Nottingham, as well as considering the rise of resorts such as Bath and Brighton. 

Norwich, the Market Place (19thC print)

Caroline Knight is a architectural historian, trained at the Courtauld and specialising in 16th to 18th century English and Scottish architecture. She is a lecturer at the V&A on year courses and short courses, and lecturers for the Art Fund, and for the Royal Oak Foundation in the US. She has researched and written a history of Kensington Palace. Caroline has contributed to a book on the Cecil family, and has written several articles on architectural and social history and the history of travel. She also wrote London’s Country Houses (2009), and contributed a chapter to a history of the Royal Academy (Yale, forthcoming).

The Arts Society Gibraltar's next lecture, A Brief Story of Wine will be held on  Wednesday 21 April 2021

The Arts Society Gibraltar’s next lecture, A Brief History of Wine, will be held on  Wednesday 21 April 2021
A fascinating topic, one I am sure we will find very interesting!
Sadly we will still not to be able meet up in person and this month’s talk will be brought to you by zoom.
Maybe one of the good things that have come out of this awful pandemic is Zoom, it has enabled us to be able to bring the lecturers directly into your homes, and when the weather is not so good as last month it is very nice to sit comfortably in your own home with a glass of wine and enjoy first class experts enriching our experiences.
This lecture is very generously sponsored by Belilos, who are always very supportive towards our society. We are extremely grateful to them.
The lecture is available free to all paid up members of our Society and the link will be automatically sent nearer the time.
Guests who wish to enjoy the lecture need to pay £12 to the below account and once payment is made please email janehart46@hotmail.com and the link will be sent.
Bank details:
Gibraltar International Bank
The Arts Society Gibraltar 14190001
Sort Code 60-83-14/SWIFT GIBK GIGI
Should any guest wish to join The Arts Society Gibraltar after they have watched the Zoom lecture the £12 paid for this lecture will be taken into account and only the balance of our £65 membership fee will be due.
We hope you enjoy the talk.


A Brief Story of Wine
An Illustrated Talk by David Wright
21 April 2021
Please note this illustrated talk is only available via Zoom. 

Wine has been part of our global society for over 7,000 years, and the story tells of its origin and appearance in all societies across the Mediterranean and through Europe. There is rich evidence of the role wine has played in these societies and how it became an important component of faith, well-being and festivity. From the kwevris of Georgia in 5,000 B.C., the symposia in ancient Greece, the thermopolia of Pompeii, the hospices of Europe, to the dining tables of fine society wine has been ever present. Drawings, paintings, engravings, buildings, pottery and wine labels themselves all contribute to the story.

I have been a wine retailer, importer and distributor for 30 years. In that time, I have publicly presented tastings and talks on wine to trade and private audiences. These have taken the form of wine ‘tastings’ or charity events where a particular subject is presented and wines tasted. I have developed a talk, A Brief Story of Wine, a great subject, and full of rich evidence, going back 7,000 years, in the form of paintings, decorated drinking vessels, buildings and literature that contribute to the story.